I’m not religious, but religion does interest me. For Christmas eve, I thought I’d share some relevant photos from my travels. My camera at the time wasn’t great, but I’ve edited the photos as best I can.
The above photos are of the exterior and interior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It’s believed to be built upon the site where Jesus was crucified. It isn’t the original church, which was destroyed in the 11th century; it was reconstructed and has since been added onto.
This is the Altar of the Nativity at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. It’s believed to be the spot where Jesus was born. I say “believed to be” because pinpointing the exact spot of something that happened two millennia ago seems iffy.
This is believed to be the spot where Jesus was placed in the manger.
This the Chapel of the Milk Grotto, also in Bethlehem. According to Wikipedia, “Christian tradition says is the place where the Holy Family found refuge during the Massacre of the Innocents, before they could flee to Egypt. The name is derived from the story that a ‘drop of milk’ of the Virgin Mary fell on the floor of the cave and changed its colour to white.”
Moving back in historical significance, this is the burning bush (as in God and Moses) at Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the base of Mount Sinai. From there, it’s 3750 steps up to the top of Mount Sinai.
Moving to a different part of the world, this is the ceiling of the Chiesa del Gesu (Church of Jesus) in Rome. Italy is packed with gorgeous churches, so it’s rather hard to keep track of them all. Luckily, the combination of photos having the date and time recorded and my meticulous travel journal, I can usually figure out where photos came from.
Well, that’s all for this biblical-themed travel meander. Merry Christmas!